Roger Clemens' pleas fall on deaf ears in court of public opinion

Ronald MonestimeCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2010

As reported in multiple media outlets, a federal grand jury indicted former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The indictment charges Clemens with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in connection with his testimony before a bipartisan House committee in February 2008.

Clemens’ fall from grace began when his name was mentioned 82 times, second only to Jose Canseco, in the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball. In the report, Brian McNamee, hired by Clemens in 1998 to be his personal strength coach, stated during the 1998, 2000, and 2001 baseball seasons, he injected Clemens with Winstrol, a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone.

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